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Spring Wellness Moment: 5 Tips to Take Better Care of Your Mental Health

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5 Tips to Take Better Care of Your Mental Health This Spring

May is mental health awareness month. The timing is fitting. Spring weather can bring a boost in mood and inspire a refresh of mind and body. But taking care of our mental health is a year-round commitment. If you feel your mental health could use extra focus right at any time, you’re definitely not alone. Millions of Canadians struggle with mental health issues, excess stress and burnout. Here are some tips to kickstart a healthy routine.

Make a Plan

Just like taking care of our physical health it’s best to have a plan for our mental health. This can involve a regular self-care ritual, going to therapy, starting an exercise routine, daily meditation, adding more healthy foods to your diet, setting boundaries to manage stress, and more. Don’t try to tackle too much at once. Instead, focus on one or two areas that you think will have an impact, and start small.

Get Outside

As the temperature rises and the days get longer, there are more opportunities to spend time outside. Just being in nature can relieve stress and improve mood, among other health benefits. The boost of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin you get from moving your body, whether from a bike ride, hike, or walk around the block, can calm anxiety, and improve concentration and memory.

Prioritize Sleep

In our busy lives we often undervalue the importance of sleep. But consistently getting enough high-quality sleep (7-9 hours per night) improves both physical and mental health outcomes. Poor quality sleep is linked to higher levels of anxiety and depression, difficultly controlling emotions, and reduced attention and problem-solving skills. And while sleep needs vary from person to person, research suggests women may need slightly more sleep on average than men.  

Connect with Others 

Community is a powerful tool in our mental health toolkit. A safe, accepting, and supportive community can include family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, and colleagues. All can provide a positive support network and help build resilience. The benefits are doubled when you also practice compassion to those around you.

Do Some Spring Cleaning

Many people use this time of year to refresh their space as well. There is a link between a clean home and improved mental health. Clutter can contribute to stress, negatively impact focus, and increase tension. Cleaning and decluttering can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re struggling with depression or other health issues. Remember to start small. Tackle a single space or task or set a timer for a quick tidy. Even 10 minutes can make a big difference.

Mental Health Resources from Health Plus 

If you’re a Health Plus plan member, login to your Telus Health One account to connect directly with a professional counsellor who can help develop a plan for you. The app also includes hundreds of digital resources you can use on your own. The physical and mental health topics included stress management, nutrition, fitness, nurturing positive relationships, and more.

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The Importance of Social Connection

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The Importance of Social Connection

Human beings are social creatures. We thrive on connections with others. Regular positive social interactions and strong social connections benefit us physically and emotionally and can actually lead to a longer life. But nurturing those connections is easier said than done, particularly with the prevalence of remote work and a full load of personal responsibilities. The cold, grey winter months make it even harder to get ourselves out of the house or out of routine. Here’s why it’s worth the effort.  

The Benefits of Social Connection

Multiple studies have shown that people with strong social bonds are healthier. The effects are significant and wide-ranging, from helping to maintain a healthy body mass index and decrease the effects of depression, to increasing cancer survival rates, not to mention the simple boost to overall mental health by spending time with people we enjoy. A strong social network can help you recover faster from illness or injury and better deal with stress. So, how do we nurture and strengthen these connections to lead a healthier life?

Nurturing Social Connection


A hub of social connection, a healthy, safe, and resilient community offers support and inclusion to its members. Participating in a neighbourhood, school, church, hobby or interest group can help you feel connected to others. In turn, your involvement strengthens the community itself. Luckily, there are countless small ways to engage with or give back.

  • Take a class
  • Volunteer with a local organization
  • Participate in  a local park clean up or attend a community meeting
  • Get involved a your kids' school
  • Support a local restaurant or shop
  • Do a favour for a neighbour

Meaningful and diverse connections with others are central to our emotional wellbeing. Our ties to friends, family, coworkers, and neighbours give us a sense of belonging, and these social networks can provide emotional and practical support and step in when we need help. Offering help to others boosts our health too. Strengthening relationships is an ongoing process but simple interactions can have a big impact.

  • Be polite and respectful in your interactions
  • Practice active listening
  • Play with your kids; set a date night with your partner
  • Call a family member or friend just to check-in
  • Have a game night or workout date with friends
  • Get coffee with a co-worker
  • Chat with a local business owner

Building healthy relationships starts with ourselves. The saying ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ is a great image to remind us to nurture our own wellness, especially if we’re taking care of others, or need help ourselves to muster the energy to be social. Self-care is crucial, whatever that may look like for you.

  • Set boundaries; ask for help; join a support group
  • Cook a nutritious meal; go for a walk; take regular breaks
  • Get organized in whatever way will help create space for your needs

Take a moment to check in on your wellbeing. The more connected we are with ourselves, the more we gain from and give to our connections with others. 

This Wellness Moment is from Health Plus Insurance. Read our past Wellness Moments. From our family to yourself, take care. If you're a Health Plus plan member remember you have access to free professional Wellness Resources.

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5 Good Reasons for Freelancers to Have Business Insurance Coverage

5 Good Reasons for Freelancers to Have Business Insurance Coverage (Guest Post)

Freelancers in Canada play a vital role in the national economy. Whether you're a freelance writer, independent consultant, or a solo entrepreneur, you are exposed to various risks in the course of your work. That's why it's crucial for freelancers to seriously consider having business insurance coverage in Canada. In this article, we will explore five compelling reasons why freelancers should consider purchasing business insurance.

1. Protection in Case of Disputes

One of the primary benefits of business insurance for freelancers is protection in case of disputes. If a client is dissatisfied with your work or if a third party suffers harm due to your professional activities, you could potentially face costly legal proceedings. Professional liability insurance can shield you by covering legal fees, settlements, and potential judgments. This allows you to work with peace of mind, knowing you have protection in place for such situations.

2. Financial Security in Case of Illness or Injury

Freelancers in Canada do not have the same benefits when it comes to sick leave or disability benefits as full-time employees. If you fall ill or are involved in an accident that prevents you from working, you could find yourself in a financially challenging situation. Business disability insurance can provide a safety net by disbursing benefits to offset a portion of your lost income in cases of temporary or permanent disability. This can help you maintain your standard of living and meet your financial needs during a difficult period.

3. Protection for Your Business and Equipment

If you use expensive equipment or tools in your freelance work, it's essential to safeguard them. Commercial property insurance can assist in covering the costs of replacing or repairing your equipment in case of theft, accidental damage, or natural disasters. Moreover, if your business heavily relies on your physical presence to generate income, disability insurance tied to loss of income due to illness or injury can help keep your business afloat in the event of your inability to work.

4. Managing Contract-Related Risks

As a freelancer, you may enter into contracts with your clients. These contracts might include liability clauses, delivery deadlines, and other commitments. In case of contract breaches or disputes arising from contractual obligations, you could be exposed to claims from clients. Professional liability insurance can aid in managing these risks by providing financial protection in case of contract-related litigation. This allows you to negotiate contracts with confidence, knowing you have coverage in place in case of issues.

5. Enhancing Credibility and Client Trust

Lastly, having business insurance can enhance your credibility as a freelancer in the eyes of your clients. Clients often seek professionals who take their business seriously and are willing to invest in protective measures. Having business insurance can set you apart from the competition and reassure your clients about your commitment to delivering quality and reliable work. It can also help you establish long-term trust-based relationships with clients, which can be invaluable for the long-term success of your business.


In conclusion, business insurance is a crucial element of risk management for freelancers in Canada. It provides protection in disputes, financial security in case of illness or injury, safeguards your business and equipment, helps manage contract-related risks, and enhances credibility with clients. While it may represent an additional cost, the benefits of business insurance far outweigh the drawbacks. By investing in appropriate insurance coverage, you can protect your business and financial future while strengthening your position in the market as a trustworthy and competent professional. Therefore, it is advisable for all freelancers in Canada to carefully assess their business insurance needs and select coverage that suits their specific circumstances.

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Do you need health insurance in Canada?

Do you need health insurance in Canada?

With an increasing number of Canadians starting their own business, working freelance, or entering the ‘gig economy’, many workers do not have health and dental benefits. If you’re one of the millions of Canadians on their own for health insurance, you’ve likely asked yourself, ‘Is private health insurance worth it?’.

While not a requirement, private health insurance is generally a good idea to cover what’s not included in provincial coverage. Private plans can cover both routine expenses and protect you against the impact of large unexpected or ongoing health bills. As insurance advisors, we’ve seen the reality of medical bills, and always recommend a good plan. To come to your own conclusion about health insurance, here are a few questions to ask.

Do you already have coverage?

One of the most common ways to access health insurance is through an employer-sponsored plan, either your own employer or your spouse/partner’s. Enrolment is typically automatic for full-time employees and may be optional for contract workers. If you have a good employee benefit plan, you’re likely set. But, when you work for yourself, you’re responsible for your own benefits. There are a number of ways to source insurance as an individual, including through a broker, an alumni or professional association, or direct from the insurance company. Make sure you have the best value option for you and if you do not already have coverage it’s smart to look into.

To be clear, we’re talking about insurance, not a health spending account (HSA), which is also a common employee benefit. While a great resource to help pay for routine expenses, a health spending account is typically quickly maxed out in the event of a serious incident or high ongoing expenses.

What's covered by provincial health insurance?

The more important question is what’s not covered. Provincial plans vary across the country, but in general they do NOT provide working-age adults with coverage for prescription drugs, healthcare providers such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, or psychologists, vision, or dental care.

Do you need health insurance

How much are you currently spending?

What you spend now on healthcare has a big impact on the insurance plan that is right for you. However, if you have few expenses now, don’t make the big mistake of only considering current spending. If you have no large health expenses, it can be hard to gauge the value of insurance. But the risk of future health issues and the expenses that come with them is very real. Understanding potential future costs should factor into your decision.

Medically underwritten vs. guaranteed acceptance

The insurance that will be right for you is closely related to your current health expenses. If you have an existing chronic or serious health condition and corresponding expenses, a guaranteed acceptance plan is likely your best option. These plans don’t ask medical questions and will pay for existing costs, which makes them a no-brainer for many people. However, if you have no or low health expenses, you will likely want a medically underwritten plan. After filling in a medical questionnaire you will save money on premiums and get better coverage. It’s important to know that these better value plans are typically only available to enrol in when you’re healthy. Learn more about what’s right for you.

What is your risk tolerance?

Insurance is all about managing risk and being prepared for the unexpected. Unfortunately, the risk of developing a chronic health issue or needing other expensive healthcare is very real. 44% of Canadian adults have a chronic health condition, with many specialty medications costing upwards of $10,000 per year. Will you be financially able to pay for large, unexpected health costs out of pocket?

Of course, an emergency fund is always a good idea, but are you comfortable with the risk that it may not cover the bills for necessary healthcare? In contrast, health insurance provides a manageable monthly expense you can budget for.  

If you'd like to get covered check out Health Plus plan options or get in touch to learn more and compare. 

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5 Tips to Create a Healthy Workspace

5 Tips to Create a Healthy Workspace

We spend a huge part of our days  and lives working. It’s estimated that the average person will spend one third of their lives at work. That means creating a healthy work environment is essential for overall health, but it’s easy to get in a rut at work, sitting and staring at a screen all day. Here are some tips to be a little more intentional about your health, even while you’re working.

Take Screen Breaks

It’s not news that excessive screen time can be bad for our health, causing eye strain and impacting mental health. If you work in front of a screen all day, make sure to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away from your screen at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to give your eyes a break.

Stand Up

Sitting is linked to countless negative health effects, including back pain, weight gain, and a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease. But what can you do if your job involves sitting at a desk all day? Try a standing desk, a walking meeting, or make a point to get up and stretch throughout your workday.

Connect With Other People

It’s easy to get lost in the tedium of day-to-day tasks, especially if you work from home. Developing and nurturing a sense of community combats isolation and helps you feel supported. Try reaching out to a colleague to grab a coffee or check out an industry event.

Declutter Your Space

We all work differently, including when it comes to organization. And that’s okay. But bringing some order to your workspace can boost your productivity and mood. Try a 5-minute tidy to refresh your space.

Take a Break

Burnout is a very real problem for Canadian workers. One way to combat overload is simply by taking a break, whether that means a vacation, staycation, or just regular time to yourself scheduled in your day. Taking a break will positively impact both productivity and mental health.

Bonus Tip: Utilize the benefits that come with your insurance plan

Health Plus Priority and Optimum plans include Telus Health (formerly LifeWorks) Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Available to all plan members, no matter where you work, your EAP provides confidential online counselling, digital resources for mental and physical health, and much more.

This Wellness Moment is from Health Plus Insurance. Read our past Wellness Moments.  From our family to yours, take care.  If you’re a Health Plus plan member remember you have access to free professional Wellness Resources.  


How to Use Your Benefits for Self-Care

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How to Use Your Benefits for Self-Care

A lot goes into good health. Luckily, you probably practice self-care whether you realize it or not. If you're looking to ramp up your self-care routine, the benefits provided with your insurance plan can help. 

Mental Health

Paying attention to our mental and emotional wellbeing is crucial to self-care. Mental health impacts our physical and social wellbeing. Accessing professional counselling through LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a great step for staying healthy. LifeWorks is available to all Health Plus PRIORITY and OPTIMUM plan members, no matter where you work. You and your dependents can connect virtually with a trained counsellor who will assess your unique needs, and access a wide range of digital resources.

Physical Health 

When your physical health is suffering, it impacts all areas of your life. Sometimes taking care of ourselves can feel like a challenge. Simple proactive steps can make a difference.    

  • Visit a practitioner to help deal with a nagging injury before it becomes chronic
  • Schedule your regular dental cleaning to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.  
  • If you are struggling with medication, see if you are eligible for pharmacogenetic testing. Available to all Health Plus plan members, it tests your DNA drug compatibility.


Physical activity helps manage stress, boost your mood and immune system, and reduce the risk of developing chronic illness. Increasing your level of activity can be as simple as going for a walk. Or try the LIFT online platform offered through LifeWorks. Complete an easy fitness evaluation then get access to a library of online workout videos targeted to your goals.


Finances are a significant source of stress for many Canadians, especially in recent years. The simple decision to purchase health insurance is an act of self-care. It helps protect you from the often devastating financial impact of future health issues.

The Financial Wellbeing Toolkit available to Health Plus members in the LifeWorks portal provides excellent resources, whether you are currently struggling or just want to better prepare yourself for the future.


Learning more about how to improve physical, emotional, financial, and social wellbeing is an act of self-care. It doesn’t have to be a chore. Browse the Resources section of the LifeWorks portal for a topic of interest, whether that’s nutrition, leadership skills, coping with trauma, mindfulness, or balancing family and work life.

The ultimate reason for insurance is to protect yourself in case of serious illness or injury. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be part of your self-care toolkit today. Learn more about Health Plus Wellness Benefits. Self-care is personal. Choose the resources that are best for you.

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November 2022 Plan Updates to Health Plus Insurance

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This November, Health Plus raised rates on our OPTIMUM and PRIORITY plans for the first time ever. This is unheard of in the insurance industry where rate increases are as common as the common cold. Our goal has always been to provide the best value health insurance plan on the market, without sacrificing the coverage that Canadians need. 

Why Now?

Trust us when we say we did not make this decision lightly. Healthcare costs in Canada are rising rapidly. This and the increased demand for healthcare services in a post-pandemic world have meant the cost of covering claims has also increased. To continue to provide the coverage and service plan members deserve rates had to go up. 

Save With Association Rates - Limited Time Only

Professional associations that partner with Health  Plus receive preferred pricing for their members. Now, we've extended that pricing to everyone if you apply by December 31st, 2022. Rates are guaranteed until November 2023. View Rates.

The Health Plus OPTIMUM Plan Is Now Even Better

We're continually committed to improving our Health Plus plans, as we have in each of the last five years. This year is no different. That's why we've made a few changes. 

What's New?

  • Vision (OPTIMUM plan only)
  • We've increase the vision maximum for glasses and contact lenses to $300 / 24 months after 24 months on the plan. The OPTIMUM plan also includes $75 / 24 months for eye exams.
  • Dental (Major Restorative)
  • We've increased the maximum for Major Restorative Dental after 30 months on the plan to $1000 / person per year on the OPTIMUM plan and $650 / person per year on the PRIORITY plan. 
  • Healthcare (Paramedical)
  • We've increased the Paramedical maximums on the OPTIMUM plan to $1000 per practitioner per person per year. The maximum before preapproval is now $300 per practitioner per year (up from $250) to a combined maximum of $750 per person per year. The PRIORITY plan includes up to $600 per practitioner per person per year. The PRIORITY plan maximum before preapproval is $250 per practitioner per year to a combined maximum of $600 per person per year.
  • Note: Paramedical preapproval maximums are in place for pre-existing conditions and maintenance treatment. For a new injury or illness you can submit a preapproval form for coverage up to the plan maximum. Psychology does not require preapproval.

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Cinq façons d’être proactif à l’égard de votre santé cet automne

En septembre, nous repartons habituellement sur les chapeaux de roue avec la rentrée scolaire et le retour au travail, les paisibles journées d’été disparaissant dans le rétroviseur. Il est tout aussi important de prendre soin de notre santé pendant les mois chargés de l’automne. Voici quelques conseils pour vous aider à adopter de saines habitudes dès maintenant.

1. planifiez votre santé physique

Selon la définition de la santé de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé, la santé n’est pas simplement l’absence de maladie, mais un état de bien-être physique, mental et social. Plusieurs éléments sont nécessaires pour maintenir votre bien-être physique : la nutrition, l’abstention de fumer, la fortification du corps et la réduction du risque de blessures.

Plutôt que de vous concentrer sur tout à la fois, commencez simplement. Prenez quelques minutes pour planifier les rendez-vous médicaux ou dentaires longtemps reportés. Vérifiez comment vous vous sentez et traitez les problèmes persistants avant qu’ils ne deviennent chroniques.

2. Accédez à des ressources pour votre santé mentale

Tout comme le bien-être physique, le bien-être mental nécessite des soins préventifs et des conseils professionnels. L’apprentissage de mécanismes d’adaptation aux facteurs de stress inévitables de la vie quotidienne et la mise en place d’un système de soutien sont importants pour vous permettre de profiter de la vie et de faire face aux expériences difficiles.

Espace mieux-être Canada, accessible à tous les Canadiens, offre des ressources virtuelles gratuites pour soutenir notre santé mentale. Votre régime d’assurance-maladie peut également offrir une couverture des frais de consultation de professionnels en psychologie et en travail social si vous en avez besoin. Les participants aux régimes Priority et Optimum ont également accès au PAEF de LifeWorks, y compris du counseling confidentiel et des outils de bien-être numériques gratuits.

3. Prenez le temps de vous reposer

Avec les activités qui s’intensifient, assurez-vous de ne pas négliger vos moments de repos. Nous savons tous qu’il est important de dormir suffisamment, mais il y a d’autres types de repos qui contribuent à notre santé globale. Les repos physique, mental, sensoriel, émotionnel, créatif, social et spirituel sont importants pour vous aider à vous sentir revigoré.

Si vous avez déjà eu de la difficulté à réfléchir à une solution à un problème ou souffert du syndrome de la page blanche et avez trouvé l’inspiration après avoir fait une promenade, vous connaissez les avantages du repos créatif. Une désintoxication numérique peut fournir un repos sensoriel, et le fait de se concentrer sur des relations positives et stimulantes tout en prenant une pause des relations épuisantes peut fournir un repos social.

4. Prévoyez du temps pour la mise en forme

Quand la vie nous impose un rythme fou, il peut être facile de sacrifier les séances au centre d’entraînement. Mais rester actif est aussi l’une des meilleures façons de prendre soin de votre moi actuel est futur. Il a été démontré que 30 minutes de marche par jour améliorent plusieurs aspects de la santé. Et aussi peu que de 30 à 60 minutes d’entraînement en force musculaire peuvent réduire le risque de mortalité précoce, en plus des autres avantages comme la santé des articulations.

Établissez un plan pour intégrer l’activité physique à votre horaire, qu’il s’agisse de faire une courte marche ou course matinale, de suivre un nouveau cours après le travail ou de vous rendre au centre d’entraînement pendant les activités des enfants.

5. Fixez-vous de petits objectifs

Il est utile de se fixer des objectifs lorsqu’on tente de prendre de nouvelles habitudes ou de se défaire des anciennes. Mais parfois, un objectif trop important sans feuille de route peut nous mener à l’échec. Permettez-vous de célébrer de petites réalisations en cours de parcours.

Il est important de tenir compte de l’incidence de nos vies occupées sur notre bien-être global, mental, physique et social. Tirez avantage des ressources à votre disposition et passez un bel automne resplendissant de santé.

Cet article Wellness Moment provient d’Health Plus Insurance. Bien que nous offrions de l’information sur un mode de vie sain, l’article ne vise pas à fournir des conseils professionnels. Si vous avez besoin de conseils médicaux, veuillez consulter un professionnel de la santé qualifié.

De notre famille à la vôtre, prenez soin de vous. Si vous avez des commentaires sur ces idées ou d’autres réflexions à partager, veuillez communiquer avec nous. Nous sommes toujours heureux d’avoir de vos nouvelles : info@healthplusinsurance.ca

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5 Ways to Be Proactive About Your Health This Fall

In September we usually hit the ground running, back to school, back to work, the lazy days of summer fading into the rear view. It's just as important during the busy Fall month to take care of our health. Here are some tips to help you get into a healthy routine now. 

1. Make a plan for your physical health

The World Health Organization's definition of health says that health is not merely the absence of disease but a state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing. A lot goes into maintaining your physical  wellbeing, from nutrition to avoiding smoking to building strength and minimizing the risk of injury. 

Rather than focus on everything at once, start simple. Take a few minutes to schedule overdue medical or dental appointments. Check in on how you're feeling and deal with any nagging issues before they become chronic. 

2. Access resources for your mental health

Just like physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing requires preventative care and professional guidance. Learning coping mechanisms for the inevitable stressors of everyday life and having a support system in place are important to allow you to enjoy life and face difficult experiences head on. 

Wellness Together Canada, available to all Canadians, offers free virtual resources to support our mental health. Your health insurance plan can also provide coverage for professional practitioners in psychology and social work should you need them. Health Plus PRIORITY and OPTIMUM plan members also have access to LifeWorks EFAP, including confidential counselling and free digital wellbeing tools. 

3. Take time for down time

With activities ramping up, make sure you aren't neglecting your down time. We all know getting enough sleep is important but there are other kinds of rest that contribute to our overall health. Physical, mental, sensory, emotional, creative, social, and spiritual rest are all important in helping you feel recharged. 

If you've ever struggled brainstorming a solution to a problem or had writers block and gone for a walk only to have it click, you know the benefits of creative rest. A digital detox can provide sensory rest, and focusing on positive and uplifting relationships while taking a break from draining ones can provide social rest. 

4. Make time for fitness

When life gets busy the gym can be an easy sacrifice to make. But staying active is also one of the best forms of self-care for your current and future self. Just 30 minutes of walking a day has shown to improve multiple areas of health. And as little as 30 to 60 minutes of strength training a week can reduce the risk of early mortality, in addition to other benefits such as joint health. 

Make a plan to fit activity into your schedule, whether it's a quick morning walk or run, a new post-work class to try, or hitting the gym when the kids have their activities. 

5. Set Small Goals 

Setting goals is helpful when trying to make new habits or break old ones. But, sometimes too large a goal with no roadmap can set us up for failure. Allow yourself to celebrate small achievements along the way. 

It's important to be mindful of how our busy lives impact our overall wellbeing, mental, physical, and social. Take advantage of the resources at your disposal and have a happy, healthy Fall.  

This Wellness Moment is from Health Plus Insurance. Read our past Wellness Moments.  From our family to yours, take care.  If you’re a Health Plus plan member remember you have access to free professional Wellness Benefits.  

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New LifeWorks EFAP Platform Now Included With Health Plus Plans to Help You Thrive

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New LifeWorks EFAP Platform Now Included With Health Plus Plans to Help You Thrive

At Health Plus we know a lot goes into taking care of our health. We know we should eat well, work out, manage stress, take care of our relationships, and create work life balance. It can be a lot. Which is why we’re excited that all Health Plus PRIORITY and OPTIMUM plan members now have access to the new LifeWorks employee and family assistance program (EFAP).

LifeWorks, previously Shepell, has rebranded and offers plan members even more than before. The new platform provides the same great support services, including counselling, digital wellbeing tools and more. An easy-to-use online platform and mobile app with customizable news feed allows members to get the most from their EFAP on topics important to them. Plus new perks: exclusive offers, discounts and cashback from major brands help members save money on everyday essentials.

LifeWorks can help you …

  • Take care of your mental health, even in times of crisis
  • Cope with stress and workplace issues
  • Navigate relationships
  • Find child and elder care resources
  • Get advice on legal and financial questions
  • Save money with discounts on purchases for work and play

LifeWorks is …

  • FREE – Included in all Health Plus PRIORITY and OPTIMUM plans, there is no extra cost to access the LifeWorks platform and tools or connect with a counsellor. 
  • CONFIDENTIAL – The EFAP is completely private. Your information or how you use the platform will not be shared with anyone, including Health Plus.  
  • PROFESSIONAL – Services are provided by Masters level experts in the field.

LifeWorks EFAP is available through the Health Plus partnership with Beneplan. Visit the Health Plus Resource Centre for more information about how to access. Click here to apply for Health Plus or get in touch with any questions.

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